Archive of 2011

24Dec2011

Venus and Moon To Thrill

Venus and Moon To Thrill The image above is an expanded, artistic impression of what past pairings have looked like AND pretty close to what we will see this time early evening on the 26th (AEDT.) T'was the Night after Chr

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22Dec2011

Surprising Comet Lovejoy Merry and Bright

 Surprising Comet Lovejoy - Merry and Bright. Amateur astronomer Lester Barnes sends this Dec. 23rd picture from Port Lincoln, South Australia: It was almost a pre-holiday miracle that Comet Lovejoy survived its close

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21Dec2011

Spectacular Video of Australian Night Sky

 Spectacular Time-Lapse Video of Australian Night Sky An amateur astronomer from Australia created this stunning time-lapse video of the night sky over the ocean. It shows clouds streaming across the sky, star-spangled

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21Dec2011

No Doomsday Supernova Fear

No Doomsday Supernova Next Week Really? There are people out there who predict -- with an unbelievable degree of accuracy -- that 21 December 2012 will herald a rare stellar explosion that will wipe out (or at least cripple)

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21Dec2011

Finding Astronomy’s ‘Holy Grail’

Finding Astronomy's 'Holy Grail'   This chart compares the first Earth-size planets found around a sun-like star to planets in our own solar system, Earth and Venus. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech NASA&

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18Dec2011

Unveiling Spectacular Alien World Vesta

 Unveiling Spectacular Alien World Vesta Pic: This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading to the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn's framing cameras

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18Dec2011

NASA Considers 7-Day Mission to Europa

NASA Considers 7 Day Mission to Europa. After six-year journey, probes would have a week to assess conditions for life on Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon. In the search for life beyond Earth, few places beckon as strongly a

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17Dec2011

Tidal Locking Could Destroy Habitable Planets

Tidal Locking Could Render Habitable Planets Inhospitable Pic: This artist's rendition depicts a Neptune-sized planet in orbit around Gliese 436. Most likely tidally locked, the planet only turns one face toward its sun

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17Dec2011

Stolen Space Treasures Rescued From Auction

Stolen Space Treasures Rescued From Auction. The identification badges of three astronaut heroes who were killed in the line of duty. Heat-shielding tiles plucked from the space shuttle orbiters. A humongous rocket engine.

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17Dec2011

Failed Mars Probe Re-Entry Risks

 Failed Mars Probe Re-Entry Risks Pic: An artist's concept of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft nearing the Martian moon Phobos. CREDIT: Roscosmos Russia’s troubled Phobos-Grunt probe, stuck in the wrong orbit for mor

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16Dec2011

Flying Saucer Towed Down Main Street?

Flying Saucer Towed Down Kansas Main Street? A few days ago, a "UFO" was spotted cruising down a main street in Cowley County, Kansas. It wasn't in the skies, but instead being hauled on a flatbed truck driving

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15Dec2011

Aussie Spacecraft Engine Tested

Aussie Spacecraft Engine Tested Can new types of engine make spaceflight easier and more economical? This question is being investigated by researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt;

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15Dec2011

Finding The ‘God’ Particle

Finding The 'God' Particle. Yet again, the Higgs boson dominates news headlines around the world. At time of writing, it was even a "trending topic" on Twitter, competing with Lady Gaga and Santa. This time

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12Dec2011

Burials In Space Take Off

Burials In Space Take Off YOU may think it lacks dignity or 'gravity', but burials in space could soon be reality for some.  Since the cremated remains of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the TV sci-fi series Star Trek, rocketed into the cosmos a decade ago, the ashes of more than 300 other deceased have followed suit. (more…)

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12Dec2011

See Your Space Travel Agent

See Your Space Travel Agent. Space travel has long seemed a far-off idea. But some travel agents -- there are only 72 "accredited space travel agents" in North America -- have begun dangling that prospect in front of clients.  US based travel agent Kelly Shea is Indiana's first such agent and she has begun pitching space tourism to her regular clients. "I think all of us have a need to explore. It's in our DNA," Shea said. "And besides, talk about having a conversation at a cocktail party." Despite the high cost -- $200,000 per ticket -- and the limited time actually spent in space, she thinks space travel will catch on among the traveling elite. Virgin G

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10Dec2011

SETI Search Resumes

SETI Search Resumes at Allen Telescope Array The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is once again searching planetary systems for signals that would be evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Among its first targets are some of the exoplanet candidates recently discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. "This is a superb opportunity for SETI observations," said Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute. "For the first time, we can point our telescopes at stars, and know that those stars actually host planetary systems - including at least one that begins to approximate an Earth analog in the habitable zone around its host star. That's the typ

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